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The Thames Explorer Trust was set up as an educational charity in 1988 by a group of people concerned for the future of the Thames. From small beginnings, the organisation has grown, establishing itself as an expert in Thames-related matters. Further information about its activities can be found on the Thames Explorer Trust website.

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Thames Explorer Trust teaching session at Chiswick

TET wants everyone to have the chance to explore and get to know the Thames in London. They offer river visits for schools, community groups and adults to investigate the Thames; training for teachers, youth leaders and staff of other Thames-related organisations; educational materials about the whole Thames Basin and a consultancy service, offering expert advice on a range of Thames issues.

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Chemical testing of Thames river water

TET runs projects to help improve education and access to the river. For example, they have just finished a three year project to provide river visits and resources for children with special needs. They can offer foreshore visits for children with learning difficulties, who are in wheelchairs and those who are blind or deaf. TET also works with other groups along the Thames such as the Thames Education Network, the Environment Agency and the Thames Estuary Partnership to help plan a healthy future for the river.